Drop-in today to learn about Healthwatch

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A CONSULTATION on the new independent champion of healthcare in Calderdale takes place this afternoon.

A drop-in session for people to find out more about Healthwatch – which takes over from patient forum Calderdale LINk next year – takes place today at Heath Training Centre, Free School Lane, Halifax, from 4pm to 7pm.

Healthwatch will be an independent champion for the public, helping to improve health and social care standards in England.

From October 2012, the Calderdale Healthwatch will get people involved in the local planning of health and social care service and help people find the right information about services they need.

From 2013, it will also support people who want to complain about services in their area.

Calderdale Council is today holidng a free event for people who want to know more about how they can get involved.

The council’s leader, Coun Janet Battye, said the event is important for people who want to know more about the national proposals for local Healthwatch and to find out what is happening in Calderdale.

“It’s really important that people know now what we’re doing and how they can influence the way in which we can all help improve standards in the health and social care sectors. We need to get people’s views so that we can be better informed when setting up Local Healthwatch in Calderdale.”

To find out more email Sarah Manfredi on sarah.manfredi@calderdale.gov.uk or call her on 01422 393271.